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Illinois hunting and fishing

Tales from the Timber: Priceless moments

December 18, 2010 at 12:38 AM

This isn’t a tall tale about the biggest buck but about my most cherished hunt to date.

My 4, almost, 5-year-old son, Evan, has been begging me to go ever since I took him scouting the previous year. Finally, the opportunity arose and we had a day of decent weather and the time away from a busy schedule. My hopes weren’t high for tagging a deer, but for his sake, I was hoping to at least have some movement.

Evan has the normal 4yo attention span, so I packed accordingly: snacks, leapster, games, more snacks, etc… I was hoping to have enough to keep him sitting long enough to avoid the inevitable, I wanna go home.

As we entered the timber, we weren’t 200 yards in when we saw our first doe drinking at the pond 150 yards away. She was oblivious to our presence, even though we were crouched down in the wide open. The doe did what so many deer do and wandered off in the wrong direction. Evan was pumped! And he informed me that we were going to get one. We finally got to our spot, nestled down in a natural ground blind of fallen down trees. We went through the snacks quickly, but to my surprise, he wasn’t interested in the games, but the binoculars and call and kept a vigilant eye hoping to spot a deer.  And as fate would have it, I spotted a small doe on the hilltop 70 yards away but closing fast.

I pointed the doe out to Evan and his face lit up. I told him to cover his ears. He did so and let me know by screaming “Dad!!! MY EARS ARE COVERED”.

I chuckled, but it was meant to be, and the deer remained unaware and came to within 10 yards broadside and grazing in front of us. I could feel Evan’s heart racing as he leaned against me and watched the deer with such focus. Finally, I had the bead of my barrel steady and pulled the trigger. The doe dropped on the spot. Evan threw his hand up in the air and began doing a fist pump and yelled “YES! We got one Dad”. My adrenaline was pumping along with his as we high fived, hugged, and I listened to him talk with such excitement and joy in his voice.

I figured the evening was over and began packing up. As I was doing so, He whispers “Dad deer, Dad deer, My ears are covered”. I figured he was talking about a bush as he had been imagining deer all afternoon, but low and behold I look up and another doe was 15 yards in front of us but downwind and 5 yards away from the one we just shot. She got a sniff of something she didn’t like and wandered off. Evan began to tell me that I should of shot her and began bragging that he saw her first. Evan couldn’t wait to tell everyone that we got a deer and to this day will act it out upon request. I may never be able to hunt again without him but to me that’s what its all about.

It’s not the biggest deer but for my new hunting buddy it’s our first and that’s PRICELESS.

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Very nice story, however is it me or the camera angle - shotgun appears to be pointing right at both of them?  I see that alot in submitted photos.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/18 at 07:53 AM

Jason you know that is something you will never forget. And it can be found at Bass Pro or Cabela’s.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/18 at 08:54 AM

Thanks for the nice comments. Fyi, the gun is not loaded in the photo.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/20 at 09:49 AM

Jerkbait where can it be found at bass pro or cabelas

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/20 at 10:51 AM

i’m sure it’s not loaded, that’s not the point however I recently took my kid to a hunter safety course and if he decides never to hunt I hope he remembers something from the class…always treat a gun as if it’s loaded and always point your weapon in a safe direction… not trying to bust your chops just might make a few people uneasy when a picture like this is sent in for all to see and you have your kid with you and your gun is pointing in the wrong direction…just kind of makes me nervous…glad you got to share it with your kid.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/20 at 04:26 PM

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